DCR Central Region Lifeguarding

DCR’s Central Region offers lifeguard opportunities at fifteen different aquatic facilities:

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Pools

Designated Swimming Areas

Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool (Worcester)

Douglas State Forest (Douglas)

Philip Weihn Memorial Swimming Pool (Clinton)

Dunn State Park (Gardner)

Gustave Johnson Memorial Swimming Pool (Fitchburg)

Erving State Forest

Sen. P. Eugene Casey Memorial Pool (Milford)

Hopkinton State Park

Dennis F. Shine Memorial Swimming Pool (Vernon Hill, Worcester)

Lake Dennison (Winchendon)

Lake Wyola State Park (Shutesbury)

Quinsigamond State Park – Regatta Point (Worcester)

Quinsigamond State Park – Lake Park (Worcester)

Rutland State Park

Leominster State Forest

To Apply

For further information on working in the Central Region, or for information on upcoming certification courses or skill development opportunities please submit a Pool & Waterfront Safety Interest Form or contact:

Lauren Hopper (857) 208-1225  dcr.pwscentral@mass.gov

DCR-Sponsored Lifeguard Certification Courses

DCR offers qualified lifeguard candidates that end up working for DCR over the upcoming summer an opportunity to become certified at no cost.  Persons who participate in a DCR training program and then who do not to work for DCR over the course of the upcoming summer will be expected to pay for the certification course themselves.  This cost can be upwards of $400.

Most DCR lifeguarding courses use a Blended Format.  These classes have an online component that must be completed before the in-person pool sessions. 

  • The online component takes approximately 8 hours to complete. Please plan accordingly and distribute this learning over a period of days.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to do the online training. Any issues with the technology or accessing the Red Cross training site must be resolved in time to allow completion of the online content before the in-person session. We recommend completing the online training at least one week prior to the in-person sessions.
  • Candidates must print and bring proof of completion of the online content to the in-person session. 

Candidates who do not bring proof of completion to the in-person sessions will not be able to attend the in-person sessions and will not be eligible for certification.  This is a Red Cross policy.

Central Region Lifeguarding and Lifeguarding Review Classes

Successful completion of a Lifeguarding or Lifeguarding Review course will provide candidates with certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Certification is valid for two years.

Individuals looking to work at a DCR waterfront will also need to complete the Red Cross Waterfront Skills Module.  This course is typically scheduled in May and June.  The YMCA Lifeguarding course includes waterfront certification.

To be eligible for an American Red Cross Review course, your certification must be current. The Red Cross will allow a 30 day grace period for enrollment into a review course.  If your certification has expired by 31 days or more you must take a full course to become certified.

To register for any of these courses, please contact our DCR-Central team at dcr.pwscentral@mass.gov.  Class sizes are limited, and registration is first-come, first-served, so don’t wait until the last few classes to get certified – there may be no spaces left. Participants must attend all class dates listed for each course.

You can also direct questions to Lauren Hopper, PWS Central Region Recruitment Manager, via phone at (857) 208-1225.

Course Name

Date

Time

Location

Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills

12/9/23;

9:00am – 11:00am

Worcester

12/23/23 &
12/26 – 12/29

9:00am – 5:00pm

Lifeguarding with Waterfront Review

12/17/23 & 12/22/23

9:00am - 5:00pm & 9:00am - 3:30pm

Worcester

Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills

2/4/24

11:00am – 1:00pm;

Worcester

2/18/24 &
2/20 – 2/23

9:00am – 5:00pm

Lifeguarding with Waterfront Review

2/18/24 & 2/20/24

9:00am - 5:00pm & 9:00am - 3:30pm

Worcester

Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills

2/18/24;

9:00am – 11:00am

Worcester

3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7

Noon-5:00pm

Lifeguarding with Waterfront Review

3/29/24 &
3/30/24

9:00am - 5:00pm &
9:00am – 3:30pm

Worcester

Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills

4/23/24

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Worcester

4/27, 4/28, 5/4, 5/5

7:00am - 4:00pm

Lifeguarding with Waterfront Review

4/27/24 &
4/28/24

9:00am - 5:00pm &
9:00am – 3:30pm

Worcester

Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills

4/28/24;

9:00am – 11:00am

Worcester

5/19 – 5/23

3pm – 10pm

Lifeguarding Review

5/6/24 & 5/7/24

3:00pm – 8:30pm

Worcester

Waterfront Skills

5/11/24

1:00pm - 7:30pm

Worcester

Waterfront Skills

5/18/24

1:00pm - 7:30pm

Worcester

Waterfront Skills

6/1/24

11:00am- 5:30pm

Hopkinton

Lifeguarding Review

6/1/24 & 6/2/24

6:00am – 12:00pm

Worcester

Central Region CPR/AED Classes

Massachusetts state law requires lifeguards employed by the state or its municipalities to undergo CPR certification annually.  If your CPR certification was issued before September 4, 2023, you will need to attend a CPR Basic Life Support / Professional Rescuer Review Course.

To register for any of these courses, please contact Lauren Hopper via phone (857) 208-1225 or via email dcr.pwscentral@mass.gov.

Course Name

Date

Time

Location

ARC CPR Pro Review

1/7/24

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Worcester

AHA CPR BLS Review

2/19/24

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Worcester

ARC CPR Pro Review

3/14/24

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Worcester

ARC CPR Pro Review

3/23/24

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Worcester

AHA CPR BLS Review

4/15/24

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Worcester

AHA CPR BLS Review

5/4/24

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Worcester

Contact   for DCR Central Region Lifeguarding

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